Local COVID-19 Updates


Given recent outbreaks of respiratory illnesses including RSV and a renewed surge of COVID 19, a number of area medical facilities have recently reinstated mask mandates for visitors and patients.

Volunteers with the Mobile Food Pantry served 242 families on Wednesday when the Northeast Iowa Food Bank truck stopped in the lot behind Ace Hardware in Oelwein.

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Iowa jumped 50% in the past week, with an average of about 453 confirmed cases per day, according to data published Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The state averaged a little more than 300 new confirmed COVID-19 cases per day in the past week, a 23% increase over the previous week, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data released Wednesday.

The state’s COVID-19 infection rate is lower than it’s been since July — which preceded months of stubbornly elevated infections by the delta variant of the coronavirus and was capped by a dramatic surge in cases of omicron — according to state data published Wednesday.

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DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the final extension of the state’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation Thursday, announcing it will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The signed proclamation can be found at governor.iowa.gov.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers.

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